Anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a common feeling that everyone experiences from time to time. But anxiety can sometimes be such a dominant factor in life that it reduces the quality of life as well as the ability perform ordinary daily functions (going to work, taking care of the family and one’s own needs and desires). Avoidance behavior is one of the most common strategies we use when we experience anxiety, and this reduces the possibility of engaging in social and work-related activities. Hospitals use the diagnosis system ICD-10 to categorize a patient’s symptoms. But it is not unusual that a person’s anxiety symptoms fit the pattern of several different diagnoses, as there is no clear distinction between the various anxiety disorders. In addition, a person will often have several different anxiety disorders at the same time. Especially panic anxiety will often appear together with other anxiety disorders.

Epidemiological studies about the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the population cannot provide exact figures, but it is estimated that 10-20% of the population suffer from pathological anxiety at any given time.

Pathological anxiety is characterized by an overestimation of danger and likelihood with regard to a given situation or object. This is accompanied by an underestimation of one’s own ability to act (to cope) and of the possibility of receiving help from others.

Anxiety disorders that are treated at Ulrichsen’s Clinic

Panic anxiety

​Panic anxiety is an extremely intense anxiety experience, and it begins like a ”bolt from the blue”. There is also a constant expectation of new panic anxiety attacks, and much catastrophic thinking about what the anxiety might mean. Anxiety attacks are recurring and are not limited to particular situations or conditions. They are therefore seen as unpredictable. See also “Common anxiety symptoms”.

Agoraphobia

​Agoraphobia is something along the lines of a fear of open spaces. It is expressed as a fear of being away from one’s own home (the safe haven), because of the risk of falling ill in a public area where there is no help to be had. Agoraphobic anxiety will typically appear in shops, gatherings, public areas where there are many people, and when travelling alone by bus, train or plane. Agoraphobia will very often appear together with panic anxiety. Avoidance behavior with regard to all anxiety-provoking situations can mean that the person is bound to his or her home.

Social phobia

​Social anxiety is a fear of other people’s critical assessment, or of behaving in an embarrassing way, and an avoidance of situations where such things might occur. Social anxiety is usually accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms: a) fear of blushing, b) fear of vomiting, c) an urge to urinate or defecate, or a fear of doing so. Avoidance behavior is extremely common in social phobia (avoiding parties, cinemas, public speaking, oral presentations at school or at work, eating in restaurants or workplace cafeterias, meetings, saying something in a group, etc.).

Specific phobia

​A fear of very specific situations or objects: spiders, snakes, storms, blood, needles, darkness, enclosed areas, etc.

Generalized anxiety

Constant worrying and expectations that can result in a greater or lesser degree of anxiety symptoms. The worrying may be about one’s self and other family members, but it is not limited to completely specific or particular situations. It is a continual nervousness; many express worries that they or someone near to them will fall ill or be involved in an accident.

Illness anxiety

A fear of being or becoming seriously ill. The condition involves continuous somatic (physical) complaints that can result in frequent visits to a doctor. Normal or ordinary physical sensations are experienced as pathological and extremely unpleasant, and attention is often focused on one or two organ systems. Illness anxiety is accompanied by anxiety and low spirits. Doctors’ assurances that there is no physical explanation for the experienced symptoms are accepted only briefly or not at all. 

Some will insist on several examinations, hoping that this can provide certainty about their ailment.

Common anxiety symptoms

Thoughts

  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of becoming insane
  • Catastrophic thinking
  • Fear of fear

Emotions

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Frustration
  • Powerlessness

Body

  • A pounding of the heart
  • Increased tendency to sweat
  • Trembling hands and/or body
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Breathlessness
  • ​A feeling of choking
  • Nausea
  • A growling stomach
  • Dizziness
  • A sense of unreality (being in a glass bubble)

Behavior

  • Avoidance behavior
  • Running away
  • Security-seeking behavior (never leaving home without a cell phone, water bottle, sedatives, etc.)
  • Compulsive actions as in OCD

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Our psychiatry and psychology clinic is located near Trianglen metro station in Østerbro. We are a private clinic, which is why it is not possible to be referred to us via your own doctor.

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